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  • CalHHS Secretary Extends Mask Mandate to Mid-February

    Mark Ghaly, M.D., MPH, California Health & Human Services Agency (CalHHS) secretary, has extended California’s indoor mask mandate by another full month. The masking requirement intended to combat the coronavirus pandemic now runs through February 15. While citing a recent surge in the state’s positivity rate to over 21 percent, Ghaly also noted data on […]

  • Fed-OSHA seeks suggestions for strengthening VPP

    Fed-OSHA is holding a stakeholder meeting July 17, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future direction of its Voluntary Protection Programs. The agency’s aim is to “reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth.” Fed-OSHA is […]

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    Top 10 workplace hazards revealed

    Falling biggest hazards in the workplace

    • OSHA released its preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for the fiscal year 2022.
    • The top three are: Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 5,260 violations; Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 2,424 and Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,185.
    • Coming in at 4-6 are: Ladders (1926.1053): 2,143; Scaffolding (1926.451): 2,058 and Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 1,977.
    • Rounding out the top 10 are: Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 1,749; Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,556; Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,401; and Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,370.

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    Highway Department employee killed

    • A Hendricks County, Indianapolis, Highway Department employee was killed in a construction accident Wednesday.
    • Emergency responders were called to a fatal accident near County Road 450S, which is close to County Road 675W.
    • The Hendricks County Highway Department was working near that intersection with a large piece of equipment used for excavating ditches along roadways.
    • While the machinery was backing up, police say 61-year-old David Appleby stepped behind the equipment and was killed.

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    OSHA postpones safety meeting

    • OSHA postponed a stakeholder meeting on possible changes to the agency’s process safety management standard.
    • The meeting will be held on Oct. 12. Written comments must be submitted by November 14.
    • An OSHA rulemaking to update the agency’s PSM standard to address the risks of major chemical accidents is one of the agency’s six economically significant rulemakings.
    • The others are communications tower safety, emergency response, infectious diseases, a tree care industry standard, and workplace violence in health care and social assistance.

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    Demolition company faces $1.2M in fines

    • A heavy equipment operator was on his first day on the job in Boston when the partially demolished floor collapsed, and the 11,000-pound excavator and its operator fell 80 feet.
    • An OSHA inspection found that Brockton-based contractor JDC Demolition Company. Inc. failed to adequately train its workers on the demolition plan and safety management system to help them recognize and avoid unsafe conditions.
    • The deceased worker never received a safety briefing and was not trained to follow the engineer’s demolition plan.
    • OSHA cited the company for eight egregious-willful violations, two serious violations and one other than serious violation of workplace safety standards and proposed a total of $1,191,292 in penalties.

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